Fundraising by African Hearts for a Ugandan village | Photos

Money raised in Redlands over the past few weeks will build a medical centre, well and toilet block for a Ugandan village.

The fundraising was done by African Hearts charity as part of a project called Build a Village of Hope.

Australian co-ordinator of African Hearts Ainsley Winten said after a corporate dinner that more than 20% of the project target had been raised.

This was more than $50,000 raised through donations, sponsorship and ticket prices.

Wellington Point Rotary Club president Lorraine Hooker said at the dinner the club would apply for a global grant to support the African Hearts fundraising efforts.

Ms Winten said developing the village is a proactive response to children running away to the city where they live on the streets.

The charity hopes to raise additional funds to build other facilities and farm crops to provide for families and feeding programs.

African Hearts executive director Lutaaya Abdul, also known as Abby, said at the dinner that he had never met his father and grew up living with his grandmother. 

He ended up living on the streets and struggled to find food.

“We ate from dustbins. You would have to eat so fast so the bigger guys didn’t take it from you,” he said.

Mr Abdul was approached by the Boys Brigade program through which he learnt to play the trumpet.

He later moved back to live with his grandmother and returned to school.

Mr Abdul started African Hearts from his grandmother’s garage to be able to rescue children living on the streets the way he had done in his childhood.

For information on African Hearts, see www.africanheartsaustralia.com.au